Twenty suspects held 'for recruiting Iraq bombers'
10 January 2006, BARCELONA — Police have arrested 20 suspected Islamic extremists accused of recruiting mujahadin fighters for the Iraqi insurgency.
10 January 2006
BARCELONA — Police have arrested 20 suspected Islamic extremists accused of recruiting mujahadin fighters for the Iraqi insurgency.
The arrests took place in Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque Country.
Among those detained was one imam from a mosque in Vilanova i la Geltru in Catalonia.
The suspects are accused of indoctrinating people to send them to become suicide bombers in Iraq.
Guardia Civil officers detained members of a group in Barcelona, who are believed to have sent a suicide bomber who attacked an Italian army base in southern Iraq on 12 November 2003, killing 19 soldiers.
It is the second operation against groups who recruit fighters or muyahadin to fight in Iraq.
Last year, a total of 90 suspected Islamic terrorists were detained in Spain.
Among those were 16 who were allegedly recruiting insurgency fighters in Iraq.
The operation follows another arrest last week when Mohammed Aberrada was detained in Torremolinos near Malaga under an international arrest warrant issued by Morocco.
Aberrada is accused of belonging to the Armed Salafist Group linked to al-Qaeda.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news